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221.75 sec. 001 - From Social Movement to Legal Change (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Kathryn Abrams  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 19, 2020
To November 18, 2020

Course Start: August 19, 2020
Course End: November 20, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 34347

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 11
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

Emergent social movements often aim to produce some form of legal change. But translating the energy and claims-making of mass mobilizations into proposals that can be implemented through law or policy has proven to be challenging. How does a social movement with a decentralized structure formulate proposals for change? How does a large or heterogeneous movement decide whose injuries or narratives should be prioritized as it approaches legal institutions? How do groups produce meaningful change within institutions structured by the very assumptions that movements have sought to challenge? We will examine these and other questions by looking at examples from three recent social movements: the Movement for Black Lives, #MeToo, and the Immigrant Rights Movement.

This course has been scheduled for these dates: August 19, September 9, September 30, October 7, October 14, October 28, November 4 and November 18. To allow for a makeup class because of unforeseen circumstances this course has an automatic make-up class scheduled. Students must be able to attend all 8 scheduled meetings to earn credit.

This class is among the special Fall 2020 1L elective seminars designed to give entering 1Ls an extra opportunity to form connections despite our remote form of interaction. In light of that goal, these classes will expect real-time attendance and may not be recorded. These classes will all be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis and total written work requirement will be no more than 8 double-spaced pages.

This course is only open to 1Ls.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
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